TNL: The long history of planning and why this matters in New South WalesBy
Aug. 26, 2010
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
148 City Road, Darlington, The University of Sydney
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
Alan Peters, FADP
Introduction: John McInerney, City of Sydney Councillor
Co-hosted with the Planning Research Centre
About the talk
Planning gets bad press in New South Wales. Yet Sydney regularly features on lists of the best places in the world to live, more people use public transit than in almost any other English-speaking city, and very fast growth and the consequential densification have, in the main, been well accommodated. Why is there such a large gulf between the public perception of planning and the profession's real achievements? In this talk I begin by looking at the "very" long history of planning in the Anglo world and why this history helps explain some of the conflicting expectations of planning. I end by illustrating how this history may provide pointers to planning reform in New South Wales.
About the speaker
Alan Peters is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at theUniversity of Sydney where he is also Director of the Planning Research Centre and Associate Dean Research of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. He has worked as a planner and planning academic in a number of counties and is best known for his work on the impact of regulation on economic growth.